Sudan’s Premier Sacks Provincial Governor After Protests
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CAIRO: Sudans prime minister on Tuesday sacked the governor of an eastern province, less than three months after his appointment, the state-run news agency reported.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdoks decision to fire Saleh Ammar, newly appointed governor of Kassala province, came amid sporadic protests against his appointment protests that at times have turned deadly.
Ammar was named governor of Kassala in July, when Hamdok appointed civilian governors for the countrys 18 provinces. The move was seen at the time as a key step forward in Sudans transition to democracy.
But the protesters, who opposed his appointment on tribal grounds, barred Ammar from entering Kassala, so he remained in the capital, Khartoum. The protests escalated in August, when at least five people were killed and over three dozen were wounded.
Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. A military-civilian government now rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.
Ammar had claimed, without offering evidence, that supporters of al-Bashir were behind the protests. The prime minister did not immediately name a replacement for Ammar.
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